A federal jury has for the second time ruled in favor of five black District of Columbia police officers in a retaliation lawsuit.
The jury has awarded the officers $425,000. The officers allege the department retaliated against them after they complained of racial discrimination within their specialized unit.
A lawyer for the officers says the verdict shows that the jury did not accept what he called "excuses" from the police department.
Lawyers for the city denied the allegations.
A federal appeals court threw out a 900 thousand dollar verdict from the first trial earlier this year because of what it said were improper remarks from a plaintiff's lawyer during closing arguments.